Belfield in Stark County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Dude on the Frontier
Theodore Roosevelt, 24 years old, came to the North Dakota badlands from New York City to hunt his first buffalo. For a week there was nothing but rain – at last some fresh tracks. And after hard riding, and a lot of missed shots, Roosevelt finally downed a large bull.
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He was looking for a taste of Wild West adventure. But something about the badlands made a deeper impression. Swift rides in the early morning, the songs of unfamiliar birds, the rock formations at night, all were part of the spirit of the place and he returned often during the years before his Presidency.
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Even during his earliest stays in the badlands, Roosevelt sensed a unique time passing away. Land was becoming overgrazed, the wild animals hunted off. And be began to fear that a wilderness lifestyle he had grown to prize might vanish . . .
“The grass-land stretches out in the sunlight like a sea, every wind bending the blades into a ripple, and flecking the prairie with shifting patches of a different green from that around, exactly as the touch of a light squall or wind-gust will fleck the smooth surface of the ocean.”
Ranch Life in the Far West
Location. 46° 53.726′ N, 103° 22.972′ W. Marker is in Belfield, North Dakota, in Stark County. Marker can be reached from Interstate I-94, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the Painted Canyon Visitor Center in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belfield ND 58622, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Invasion Confronted (within shouting distance of this marker); Invader on the Badlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Painted Canyon – A View into Theodore Roosevelt National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Time Travel on the Custer Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Soldiers and the Sioux (about 300 feet away); The Badlands (about 400 feet away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 5.9 miles away); Von Hoffman House (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfield.
More about this marker. A picture of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback with another mounted man and a wagon being pulled by a team of horses appear on the marker.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.